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Nancie52
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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:00:17 AM
Indeed,, thoughts and many prayers extended to all who were affected by this disaster.. cant' even fathom the enormity of it all .. we spoke of it as we celebrated my youngest's 21st birthday last night.. just trying to imagine what they must be going through.. we all pray for the victims, their families, survivors, rescure workers, EVERYONE.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:14:06 AM
I have been praying for Japan since I heard the reports of the quake. I cannot imagine experiencing such a thing. Please let us know if there is something we can do, in addition to our prayers.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:14:15 AM
I woke up this morning, after a restless night. I have had such a difficult time wrapping my arms around what/how to pray...not that I don't know how to pray. I know to hand it over to God's infinite wisdom, but this horrific disaster has had me overwhelmed in my nightly prayers.

God is Good. God answers prayer and I believe collective intercessory prayer is real.

May the infinite, intelligent healing power of God's divine spirit surround each and every person taken from this earth through this disaster and may it also surround all those left behind, who are mourning the loss of loved ones and facing many years of searching for earthly help by rebuilding lives and spiritual peace.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:20:12 AM
I've been praying since I heard about it and will continue to pray for your country. (((Hugs))

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:22:31 AM
Aki, my thoughts have been with you and the people of Japan since all of this started. My heart is simply breaking for your countrymen. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:23:56 AM
My heart breaks for the Japanese people. I am praying.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:24:30 AM
I'm so sorry for what you have been going through. Many prayers and hugs.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:28:17 AM
Words cannot express my sadness over what has happened in your country. Japan has been in my prayers since the beginning and will continue to be. Please know how very much the rest of the world cares and mourns with you.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:36:55 AM
Continuing to keep all of you in my prayers.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:39:37 AM
My heart aches for you and your country. Please know people all over the world are praying for you. I'm in awe of the grace your people are showing during this time. Stay strong.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:40:34 AM
We are praying for all of you! Stay safe!

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:47:07 AM
Aki, you are not alone in Japan. The world is watching, and you've been covered in prayer (and yes, you specifically!) from the moment it happened.

We won't let up now.

Julie

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:48:22 AM
Oh, you have Peamail, too. I sent you the prayers my friend wrote for World Vision -- they are circulating these prayers around the globe.

Julie

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:54:13 AM
i pray for the people of japan throughout the day. such tragedy for such a lovely group of people.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 8:55:08 AM
Carol - what a beautiful prayer. Do you mind if it shared with others?

Julie - would it be OK if you posted your friend's prayer here?

I am thinking about posting some of the prayers on Facebook to share with others.

Jeanne

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:00:46 AM
Aki, please know that you are in constant prayer. And I hold a degree of admiration for how you and your countrymen have responded to this unbelievable nightmare. Such courage.

I have tried to imagine myself suddenly standing in a sea of devastation-no heat, no water, no food, no home, no money, no roads, no transport--and wondering what will happen to me. I feel almost ashamed to crawl between my warm blankets at night. God loves you, and He has numbered the hairs on your head. Remember that.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:01:58 AM
I have been praying for all of Japan since it happened. I have read on this board that so many others are doing the same since the second we all heard about it. Just know you are in many many thoughts and prayers. {{{{Hugs}}}} to you.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:13:38 AM
japan and its people are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. May God keep all of you safe.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:15:55 AM
I haven't stopped praying for your country and its people since this happened.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:23:09 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your fellow countrymen.
I can't even imagine what you are all going through but all I've learned about Japanese people tells me that you will rise above this tragedy stronger and better than before. I have faith in you all! Stay strong!

{{HUGS}}

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:24:05 AM
I will continue to pray for Japan. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:24:54 AM
Carol, what a beautiful, heartfelt prayer. All our prayers go out to the people of Japan for strength and comfort during this terrible time.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:29:03 AM
My prayers are with you. I lived in Northridge when they had their quake and the terror and aftermath were nothing compared to what your country is going through. I pray for you all to find the strength to carry on and rebuild.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:33:28 AM
Aki. My thoughts and prayers are with all in Japan. It is such an unimaginable event. I lived in Japan for 8 years when I was a child and remember all the earthquakes. Always so scary. I love Japan and it's people. I will continue to pray. Hang in there.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:34:01 AM
I have been praying for Japan all along - this is such a horrible tragedy - almost incomprehensible. My hearts, thoughts, good wishes and prayers continue for the people whose lives have been torn apart by this situation. And big hugs, too.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:35:00 AM
Have been praying for you all since I heard about it. Please know that many, many caring people are thinking of you and your fellow countrymen all of the time!

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:37:45 AM
Your country has been on our minds and in our thoughts & hearts!!! Our hearts are simply breaking for the devestation you are facing. We are so sorry that you are all facing this tragedy.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:38:49 AM
Many prayers.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:45:14 AM
I have been praying for Japan every night. I will continue. I cannot imagine going through this kind of devastation.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:48:32 AM

Carol - what a beautiful prayer. Do you mind if it shared with others?


I don't mind at all. The words belong to everyone. They are an answered prayer. I asked God to give me the words that would comfort, not only those who are in crisis, but for those of us feeling so helpless in places far from Japan.



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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:49:48 AM
Prayers are definitely up from here!

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Posted: 3/16/2011 9:49:48 AM
Keeping everyone in Japan in my thoughts and prayers.

Fran

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Posted: 3/16/2011 11:26:05 AM
Japan is in my thoughts and prayers!

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Posted: 3/16/2011 11:27:27 AM
You have my prayers.

{{{hugs}}}
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Posted: 3/16/2011 11:33:35 AM
Your country is in our hearts and prayers.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:01:22 PM
Praying for up you and your country every night.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:21:09 PM
Continuing to send out prayers for all of Japan.


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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:21:22 PM
I continue to pray daily and frequently for Japan and all the people.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:24:11 PM
Prayers to all affected by this tragedy.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:26:39 PM
Jeanne,

Glad to share it. It was written to be sent to all corners of the globe as a guide to prayer (complete with tweets!):

Praying for Japan

The devastating disaster in Japan breaks our hearts. And the response of World Vision's donors and supporters around the world has been deeply touching. Many of you are asking the question: "How can we help?" As with all things, the first and most important way to help is to pray -- pray without ceasing for those who are suffering and those who are reaching out to the victims.

Would you pray with us, along with our staff and colleagues around the world? Here are some reflections for your prayers in the days and weeks ahead.

Pray for those who grieve. Thousands of families have lost loved ones. Their hearts are broken. Let yours be broken with them and share in their grief. Ask God to touch them in a way that lets them know, unmistakably, that He knows what is happening to them and that He hasn't turned His back on them. As the psalmist wrote, "In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectations" (Psalm 5:3). On their behalf, claim the promise of Philippians 4:7 by asking God to grant them the peace that passes all understanding -- the peace that comes when everything around them says they should have no peace. Pray also for people in Japan, the United States and around the world who have been unable to reach their friends and relatives in the quake-affected area.

Tweet:
Prayer Point for Japan: Thousands of families have lost loved ones. God, break our hearts, so we can share in their grief. #prayforJapan

Pray for the protection of vulnerable and displaced children. Children who are separated from their families after a disaster are at extraordinary risk for accidents, disease or even falling prey to criminals. Ask God to be strong tower and a place of safety for those children. Ask Him to guide them to those who can help them, and ask Him to confound and confuse all those who would seek to harm these precious little ones.

Tweet:
Prayer Point for Japan: Children separated from parents are in great danger. God, keep them safe, return them to their families. #prayforJapan

Pray for Japanese Christians. Among those who are directly impacted by the earthquake and tsunami are our Japanese brothers and sisters in Christ. Ask God to be an ever-present hope for them in this time of trouble, and to grant them an extra measure of His grace. During this most difficult time, let people see Jesus in their lives.

Tweet:
Prayer Point for Japan: God, touch the lives of Japanese Christians, who are your hands and feet to their hurting neighbors. #prayforJapan

Pray for wisdom. Scripture tells us that by wisdom, the Lord founded the earth. Without it, our best intentions can dissolve into chaos. Ask God to grant wisdom to the Japanese government officials who most certainly are overwhelmed with offers of aid. Ask Him to help them make wise choices about how best to make use of the resources they are offered and how to get them to those in need quickly and effectively. For the relief agencies working in the disaster areas, ask God to give them discernment to know what assistance to offer and a clear plan for putting it to good use. For individuals and churches who want to assist financially, ask God to give them wisdom in deciding how much to give and which organizations to support.

Tweet:
Prayer Point for Japan: God, grant wisdom to officials assessing offers of help, and to relief groups to know how best to help. #prayforJapan


Pray for health. Ask God, the Great Physician, to be at work in the bodies of those who were injured in the earthquake and the tsunami, and those in the areas surrounding the nuclear power plants where there could be a risk of radiation exposure. Ask Him to be with the health care workers who are setting up emergency clinics. Pray for the efforts to establish sanitation, deal with the risk of water-borne illnesses from flood waters and to deliver clean drinking water.

Tweet:
Prayer Point for Japan: God, heal those injured in the disaster, and protect those at risk from damaged nuclear plants. #prayforJapan


Pray for energy. After a disaster, the enormity of the recovery can be paralyzing. Relief workers trying to save as many survivors as they can will push themselves past the point of exhaustion. Ask God to give them extra energy. On their behalf, claim the promise of Isaiah 40:29-31: "He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint."

Tweet:
Prayer Point for Japan: God, grant extra energy to relief workers who are battling exhaustion. #prayforJapan


Pray for passion. As we're bombarded with heart-wrenching images from Japan, it's easy to reach a point where we just want to turn off the news and go back to the safety and routine of our own lives. Ask God to prick our consciences when we are tempted to turn away from those in need. Ask Him to replace our complacency with an unquenchable passion for what matter most to Hm: people. Give us the heart to live out Christ's command that we love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Prayer Point for Japan: God, prick our consciences when we are tempted to turn away from those in need. #prayforJapan




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Julie

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:36:44 PM
I'm sending my prayers and love out to everyone who is effected by these disasters.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:38:20 PM
Sending Japan my heartfelt prayers.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:58:00 PM
I am in awe of the Japanese people and their grace under this tragedy. My prayers are with your country.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 12:59:58 PM
No need to ask - my household has already been praying. You're in our thoughts.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 1:01:27 PM

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Posted: 3/16/2011 1:04:09 PM
I have been praying and will continue to pray. I'm so terribly sorry and sad for your country!

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Posted: 3/16/2011 1:09:13 PM
Aki, you have a special place in my heart. Getting to know you through our swaps together has made me feel close to you and your family. My heart breaks for the people of your beautiful country. You and the people of Japan are in my heart.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 1:31:44 PM
I hope and pray that you can feel the comfort and healing of God's love, for you and the whole country.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 1:37:00 PM
I am praying for you and everyone else affected by this terrible tragedy.

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Posted: 3/16/2011 1:41:17 PM
I have been praying for your country since I heard about the earthquake. I will continue to pray for you, your family + friends and your country.
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